240 out of 315 Ukrainian MPs voted in favor of motion #4476 calling on the United Nations, the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, world leaders and all members of the international community to commemorate the genocidal deportation of Crimean Tatars and condemn violations of rights and freedoms of Crimean Tatars.

Refat Chubarov, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, delivered a speech, reports a QHA correspondent from the Parliament.

Despite the fact that members of Oleg Lyashko’s Radical Party have been blocking the Parliament’s rostrum since morning, they let Refat Chubarov take the floor, welcoming him with an applause in a show of solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people.

“Systemic repression against the Crimean Tatars, as well as an obviously unlawful and criminal decision of the Russian court (to ban the Mejlis - QHA) sent a ripple of indignation worldwide. We are grateful to the countries and parliaments, which condemned the occupants’ criminal decision,” Chubarov said.

Before the motion was put to the vote, Chubarov asked the MPs to cast aside their differences and support the resolution.

It was reported earlier that a number of events, including mass rallies, lessons at schools and activists’ initiatives dedicated to the 72th anniversary of deportation of the Crimean Tatar people, will be held in Kyiv and throughout Ukraine on May 18, 2016.

On May 18, 1944, the Soviet authorities deported the Crimean Tatars from Crimea after accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. Some 238 thousand Crimean Tatars were deported, of whom 46%, mostly elderly people, women and children, died in special settlements in the first years of deportation.